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Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection

One of the nation's great archival collections of New England folksong, folklore, and balladry, the Flanders Ballad Collection was the lifework of Helen Hartness Flanders (1890-1972), of Springfield, Vermont.  Over the course of thirty years, and with the assistance of Marguerite Olney, Flanders gathered and preserved more than 4,800 field recordings of New England folksongs and ballads as sung by native Vermonters and other New Englanders. In May, 1941, she donated the collection to Middlebury College with the proviso that it be kept in a "fireproof environment" and that it should be used as a resource for academic and scholarly research.

The Flanders Ballad Collection remains one of Middlebury's greatest research collections, consulted frequently by folklorists and musicians locally, nationally, and internationally. Titles of books, songsters, and hymnals in the Flanders Collection are available in Middlebury's online catalog. We at Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives are extremely excited to make much of this content, including IRENE optical scans of rare wax cylinder field recordings, printed broadsides, and more available to the public via the Internet Archive.

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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original wax cylinder. Track 01 : Polko's Daughter - voice performance by Earle Buckingham at Belmont (Ma.). Dated 10-15-1939. Track 02a : Lazarum and Divium - voice performance by Earle Buckingham at Belmont (Ma.). Dated 10-15-1939. Track 02b : Nellie Bly - voice performance by Earle Buckingham at Belmont...
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25. 5 x 20.5 cm b&w photograph I.5, Box 3, Folder 01-104 Mrs. Margaret Bent of Westminster, Vermont, sings what her great-grandfather sang to her as a child This is a scanned version of the original image in the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection, Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
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28x11 cm. First Line: "You feeling hearted christians I hope you'll lend an ear" Note: Complete The Sorroful Lamentation of Andrew Carr who was Executed on the 28 of July at Richmond Jail for the Murder of Margaret Murphy This is a scanned copy of the original broadside in the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Helen Hartness Flanders, Broadsides, Folk music, Folksongs, Ballads, New England
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original phonograph disc. Track 01 : John Singleton - voice performance by Belle Luther Richards at Colebrook (Nh.). Classification #: LAC15. Dated 07-16-1943. Track 02 : Exile of Erin - voice performance by Belle Luther Richards at Colebrook (Nh.). Dated 07-16-1943. Track 03 : Jamie (Maid in Sorrow) - voice...
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Box 3, Cylinder 28 of the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, digitized from the original phonograph cylinder using IRENE optical scanning. All songs on this cylinder are performed by Florence Titus Water of Battleboro, VT, except "Knee trotting song" performed by Margaret White Bent of Westminster, CT. Contents (by label): "Knee trotting song" "Virginal three" "All things (smiling)"...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original phonograph disc. Track 01 : Caroline of Edinburgh Town - voice performance by Lena Bourne Fish at E Jaffrey (Nh.). Classification #: LAP27. Dated 08-26-1943. Track 02 : Jeanno and Jeannette - voice performance by Lena Bourne Fish at E Jaffrey (Nh.). Dated 1943. Track 03 : School Days - voice...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original phonograph disc. Track 01 : In St Charles (Lady of Carlisle) - voice performance by Margaret Shipman at Lee (Ma.). Classification #: LAO25. Dated 08-05-1941. Track 02a : Jeanno and Jeannette - voice performance by Margaret Shipman at Lee (Ma.). Dated 09-05-1941. Track 02b : [fragment] Quaker's Wooing...
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This is a digitized archival cassette from the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives. Side A:  D61A01 - Clinton County Jail - Lena Bourne Fish (East Jaffrey, NH)  D61A02 - American Working Man - Lena Bourne Fish (East Jaffrey, NH)  D61A03 - Robert the Kidd - Lucille Palmer (Wakefield, RI)  D61A04 - Gypsum Davey - Edith Ballinger Price (Newport, RI)  D61A05 a - Bailum-a-ding-um - Edith Ballinger Price (Newport, RI)  D61A05 b -...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original phonograph disc. Track 01 : Mrs Mulligan's Homemade Pie - voice performance by Mr Merithew at New England. Dated 1945. Track 02 : Finnegan's Wake - voice performance by Mr Merithew at New England. Classification #: LAQ17. Dated 1945. Track 03a : Reilly the Fisherman (Riley's Farewell) - voice...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original phonograph disc. Track 01 : Banks of Gaspereaux (Banks of the Gaspereaux) - voice performance by Maynard Reynolds at Pittsburg (Nh.). Classification #: LAC26. Dated 09-05-1941. Track 02 : Willie the Sailor Boy (c) (Willie the Sailor Boy) - voice performance by Maynard Reynolds at Pittsburg (Nh.)....
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original phonograph disc. Track 01 : Modern Church - voice performance by Oliver Jenness at York (Me.). Dated 09-20-1948. Track 02 : Modern Church - voice performance by Oliver Jenness at York (Me.). Dated 09-20-1948. Track 03 : Rosin the Beau (Old Rosin) - voice performance by Oliver Jenness at York (Me.)....
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original reel-to-reel tape. Track 01 : Je me suis au rang d'aimer - voice performance by Racine at Salisbury (Vt.). Dated 1954. Track 02 : Petit roucher de la haute - voice performance by Racine at Salisbury (Vt.). Dated 1954. Track 03 : J'ai fait une maladresse - voice performance by Racine at Salisbury...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original wax cylinder. Track 01 : Johnny Barbour (Willie O Winsbury) - voice performance by Agnes Shepard Torp at Weathersfield (Vt.). Classification #: CH100. Dated 1939. Track 02 : Edward Howland (Peter Amberley) - voice performance by John Henry Curtis at Rockingham (Vt.). Classification #: LAC27. Dated...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original reel-to-reel tape. Track 01 : Watermelon Song - voice performance by Elmer Marshall at Springfield (Vt.). Dated 1958. Track 02 : When I Was Young and In My Prime - voice performance by Elmer Marshall at Springfield (Vt.). Dated 1958. Track 03 : [fragment] Old Grimes - voice performance by Elmer...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original phonograph disc. Track List (Side A): Irish Wedding - Barden Michael Three Leaves of Shamrock - Barden Michael Drowsy Sleeper - Barden Michael Tedford Mines - Barden Michael Tedford Mines - Barden Michael Dark Eyed Sailor - Barden Michael Dark Eyed Sailor (c) - Barden Michael I'll Hang My Harp on a...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original phonograph disc. Track 01 : Lady Margaret and Sweet William (Fair Margaret and Sweet William) - voice performance by Asa Davis at Milton (Vt.). Classification #: CH074. Dated 09-25-1942. Track 02 : Green Willow Tree (Sweet Trinity) - voice performance by Asa Davis at Milton (Vt.). Classification #:...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original wax cylinder. Track 01a : Gay Spanish Maid - recitation performance by John Henry Curtis at Rockingham (Vt.). Classification #: LAK16. Dated 03-18-1939. Track 01b : Florella (Jealous Lover) - voice performance by John Henry Curtis at Rockingham (Vt.). Classification #: LAF01. Dated 1939. Track 02a :...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original phonograph disc. Track 01 : Poor Little Sailor Boy (Soldier's Poor Little Boy) - voice performance by Oliver Jenness at York (Me.). Classification #: LAQ28. Dated 09-25-1947. Track 02 : Battle of Lake Erie - voice performance by Asa Davis at Milton (Vt.). Dated 08-19-1947. Track 03 : George Riley...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original phonograph disc. Track 01 : Defeated Knight (Katie Morey) - voice performance by Lena Bourne Fish at E Jaffrey (Nh.). Classification #: LAN24. Dated 08-25-1943. Track 02 : Land of Canian - voice performance by Lena Bourne Fish at E Jaffrey (Nh.). Dated 08-27-1943. Track 03a : Down by the Salmon...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original reel-to-reel tape. Track 01 : Johnstown Flood - voice performance by Bertha Chapin at Colchester (Vt.). Classification #: LAG14. Dated 10-17-1955. Track 02 : Margery Grey (Margaret Grey) - voice performance by Bertha Chapin at Colchester (Vt.). Dated 10-17-1955. Track 03 : Barbara Allen (Bonny Barbara...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original wax cylinder. Track 01a : Is Love a Pleasure - voice performance by Hattie Wilson at Springfield (Vt.). Dated 03-09-1935. Track 01b : Barbara Allen (Bonny Barbara Allen) - voice performance by Hattie Wilson at Springfield (Vt.). Classification #: CH084. Dated 1935. Track 02a : There Was a Rich Farmer...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original wax cylinder. Track 01a : Gyp's Come Tripping (Gypsy Laddie) - voice performance by Lorenzo Taylor at Putney (Vt.). Classification #: CH200. Dated 10-23-1931. Track 01b : [fragment] Fair Charlotte (Young Charlotte) - voice performance by Carey Goodrich at Putney (Vt.). Classification #: LAG17. Dated...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original wax cylinder. Track 01a : Milwaukee Fire - voice performance by Merritt Earl at Eden (Vt.). Classification #: LAG15. Dated 1939. Track 01b : Alphabet Song (Woodsman's Alphabet) - voice performance by Merritt Earl at Eden (Vt.). Dated 1939. Track 02a : Courtin' in the Kitchen - voice performance by...
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This is a digitized archival cassette in the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, which holds both the audiocassette and the original wax cylinder. Track 01a : Lily of Lake Champlain - voice performance by Naomi Ingalls at Windsor (Vt.). Dated 1931. Track 01b : Green Willow Tree (Sweet Trinity) - voice performance by Naomi Ingalls at Windsor (Vt.). Classification #: CH286. Dated 1931. Track 01c : Green Grows the Laurel - voice...
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